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GoodFellas
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Feb 26, 2010 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Martin Scorsese

Actors:
Robert De Niro
Ray Liotta
Joe Pesci

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This is the true story of Henry Hill, a small time kid whose only dream was become a gangster. Henry soon finds out that dreams can come true, but they donít always lead to happy endings.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Iíve always had a soft spot for gangsters and wiseguys; maybe itís the life they live, the respect they get, the mad sums of cash they have or all the attention and women, who knows, but I love flicks like DONNIE BRASCO, THE GODFATHER, SCARFACE and the list goes on and on. For that reason, I was pretty happy to get GOODFELLAS, which in my humble opinion is one of best gangster flicks out there.

Now the only thing I donít like about this movie (or pretty much ANY mob related flick) is the downward spiral these stories always take about half way to three quarters in. I donít need to be told that this is based upon true events, because I can pretty much see the realism loud and clear when these boys start getting too full of themselves. And itís not just gangsters, itís everyone who, like them end up in a situation where they get everything life has to offer and start to feel invincible. I can understand and even empathize as Iíve personally seen similar tragedies unfold, on a lesser level of course, but the pattern is always the same.

Coming back to this movie now is a cast wet dream, and Iím not just talking about Pesci, De Niro and Liotta, Iím talking about the countless cameos from at least half the cast of THE SOPRANOS for one (which in itself is pretty big), not to mention all the other wise guy movies theyíve all ended up in. I love watching De Niro is his prime; the guyís a true gem and is sorely missed when weighed against a lot of todayís newer talent. Watching this is making want to watch CASINO now just so I can see him and Pesci bring down the house with yet another amazing performance together. Scorsese knew what he was doing with this group of talent and it still shows today.

GOODFELLAS is one of those movies you can watch once or twice a year. You laugh with the boys while theyíre on top, shake your head when they start to make mistakes and even shed a tear with Jimmy when Tommy goes off to get made. This is a hard hitting film that packs an even bigger punch on Blu-ray and the case itself even comes in the form of a thirty page hardcover book with highlights from the film and the actors who star in it. All in all, Iím looking at a pretty nice package here for a film that may be twenty years young, but still feels as fresh as it ever was and just as emotional.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary: There are a couple of really interesting commentaries here. The first one is with Scorsese and the author of WISEGUY (the book the film was based upon), but the second one is the real treat as itís with the real Henry Hill and the officer in charge of his case. The second one is worth checking out.

Getting Made: Here we have some old and new interviews with cast and crew as they go through the making of the movie. I love De Niro.

Made Men: The GoodFellas Legacy: Yet another cool treat as filmmakers Johnny Favs, the Hughes Brothers and Richard Linklater all bow down and worship the film. I loved Favs and Vince Vaughn in his gangster flick MADE.

Paper is Cheaper than Film: Here we get a series of comic strip sketches of various scenes which are compared to the real thing.

The Workaday Gangster: Here we explore how the crew from GoodFellas were all taken from real life gangsters and their underlings. Real or not, itís still cool to see.

Previews: Thereís a theatrical trailer as well as a bonus disc containing the original PUBLIC ENEMIES gangster flick. Cool if you dig black and white oldies.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
GOODFELLAS is one of, if not THE crown jewel of gangster movies and anyone who loves these films will need to own this on Blu-ray. There might be only a hundred older movies that you just have to double dip for, and this is most certainly one of them.
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